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Croatia's Adriadiesel to overhaul diesel generator of Russia's Smolensk NPP

Author Iskra Pavlova
Croatia's Adriadiesel to overhaul diesel generator of Russia's Smolensk NPP Photo: Croatia's Adriadiesel

ZAGREB (Croatia), August 20 (SeeNews) - Croatian diesel engine manufacturer Adriadiesel said it will carry out an overhaul of a 84-tonne diesel generator of Russia's Smolensk nuclear power plant (NPP) which it produced 42 years ago.

"We need to dismantle it and find out the defects," Vlatko Benkovic, assembly manager at Adriadiesel, said in a video file posted on the website of public broadcaster HRT on Monday when the generator was delivered to Croatia's Zagreb Airport by an Antonov 124 airplane.

Following the overhaul, the diesel generator will be re-assembled, tested and sent back to Smolensk, Benkovic said.

The cost of the works was not disclosed.

The generator serves to provide the nuclear power plant with electricity in case of power shortages. Its overhaul should be completed by the end of the year, HRT said. Typically, the lifespan of such generators extends to half a century.

The head of Adriadiesel's supervisory board, Almir Dervisbegovic, told HRT that the company used to produce this type of generators for the markets in Eastern Europe. The biggest number of them are operated in Russia, with smaller quantities delivered to Ukraine and the Czech Republic.

According to HRT, there are 35 Adriadiesel generators in operation across the world at present. They could sustain extreme weather conditions, similar to those in Siberia.

Karlovac-based Adriadiesel manufactures diesel engines and other power plant equipment, as well as diesel engine spare parts under licenses from Germany's MAN Diesel SE.